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Pop Goes the Culture launch event: ‘Fantastic to see families bonding’ (Podcast)

alex watts and rest of organising team

Yesterday's 'Pop Goes the Culture' event was judged a great success. OnTheWight chatted to event's host, Alex Watts, to learn how the event went after the last 50 tickets were 'sold out' in nine minutes.

Sunday, 20th January, 2019 2:29pm

By Sally Perry

Look out for vulnerable neighbours as colder weather approaches

Frosty Ashey Landscape :

As we prepare for colder weather, the Met Office say the south of the British Isles should have some "milder interludes" over the next few weeks. Do ask vulnerable neighbours if there’s anything you can do.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 4:49pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight council funding pledge to help reduce child poverty

neglected child nspcc

Thanks to a motion by Cllr Michael Lilley, the Isle of Wight the council unanimously voted to prioritise funding to reduce child poverty ‘significantly’ over the next five years.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 4:35pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Dementia residents woken up as early as 4.30am, say CQC

Respite care :

Although the Ventnor care home was found to 'require improvement' in four areas it was found to be 'good' for care and the management say it is fully committed to working with the CQC.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 4:23pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

From witches to family holidays, weird and wonderful Self Assessment excuses and expenses

frog in the garden

Ahead of the self-assessment tax deadline, HMRC share some of the most outlandish excuses for delays and some out-there expense claims.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 2:41pm

By Roger Kasper

Your vote counts for Isle of Wight locations shortlisted in Countryfile Magazine Awards

Iconic Bembridge Lifeboat station

Vote today for Sandown Bay which has been shortlisted as Best British Beach and Bembridge as Village of the Year in the Countryfile Magazine Awards.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 1:07pm

By Simon Clark

Positive steps forward for secondary school ‘requiring improvement’

Thumbs Up

The leadership and teachers have worked hard to help the school become a happier and more cohesive community, with shared higher expectations of what pupils can achieve and how they behave, says the Ofsted inspector.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 11:44am

By Sally Perry

NHS Trust to pay Government fees for EU staff to settle after Brexit

St mary's hospital

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust will pay the government fees and offer support through the application process for their EU staff who wish to remain settled in the UK post-Brexit.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 11:14am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

New more convenient location for those in need of help for psychosis

Staff members of EIP

The service manager for the Early Intervention Psychosis service stresses how important it is to get help as soon as you have your first psychotic episode. The newly improved premises in Orchard Street is more convenient and will meets the needs of those using the service.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 10:10am

By Jo Cram

Latest figures for new houses completed on the Isle of Wight revealed

Radar House building

New data reveals that new house building has increased on the Isle of Wight, in the last year. OnTheWight has details of by how much.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 8:23am

By Miguel Rodriguez with 2 readers' comments

Police and crime commissioner to increase council tax by £24 per annum

PCC michael lane - outside newport ps

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane says he has gained significant public support for his proposed increase in the policing element of the council tax of £2 per month (for a Band D household) to support local policing.

Thursday, 17th January, 2019 4:56pm

By The Office of Police and Crime Commissioner with 4 readers' comments

Planning application should be withdrawn say residents and parish council

stop sign

Residents (including the landowner) and the parish council say they have not been consulted properly on the proposed scheme and insist it is withdrawn pending "proper consultation process and consideration of alternative measures".

Thursday, 17th January, 2019 4:19pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment